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Tajikistan’s Limited Options

At home, the government confines appointments to circle of insiders, while abroad the country has few real friends. Programme:  Central Asia read more

Europe's top clubs defy economic gloom

LONDON (Reuters) – Revenue at Europe’s 20 leading clubs has increased again despite the economic crisis shaking many countries across the continent, business advisory firm Deloitte said in a…

AUDIO: Europe must do 'real' business

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad says Europe needs to produce ‘real’ goods and services, not rely on the financial sector

Obama Advisers Revising U.S. Economic Outlook to Signal Greater Job Growth – Bloomberg

Bloomberg Obama Advisers Revising U.S. Economic Outlook to Signal Greater Job Growth Bloomberg President Barack Obama’s advisers have grown more confident about US economic growth this year, revising their …

Lions adapt to winter at Canada safari park

A white lion slips on ice while playing with a plastic drum like a kitten with a ball of yarn, but the big cat quickly regains its footing. The African carnivore has adapted well to Canada’s cold…

China’s Alibaba raising $3bn for Yahoo! stake: report

Chinese online commerce giant Alibaba plans to borrow $3 billion to buy back the stake Yahoo! owns in the company, a report said Thursday, as the struggling US Internet firm overhauls its Asia holdings. Alibaba, whose Hong Kong shares were suspended from trading on…

China says Syria opposition delegation visited (AP)

AP – China’s Foreign Ministry says that a Syrian opposition delegation visited Beijing and met Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun.

Pakistani PM appeals against charge

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani filed an appeal against a Supreme Court decision to charge him with contempt, his lawyer said, the latest move in a drawn-out struggle between political leaders and the judiciary

Indian ministers quit after watching porn video clip

Two senior Indian politicians were forced to resign after they were caught watching a pornographic film during a session of their state assembly.

I was forced out at gunpoint, claims Maldives ex-leader

The ousted president of the Maldives claimed yesterday he had been forced out at gun-point and said he would fight to regain his position. He accused the vice president – the man who sworn in to replace him – of helping plot the coup that overthrew

Panic buttons to be given to NYC hotel maids

Hotels in New York City have agreed to approve a hotel union request to give housekeepers personal panic buttons. The move comes after a Sofitel hotel maid accused

Why tensions are rising as Prince William flies into Falklands

The arrival of Prince William on a British military mission to the Falkland Islands puts him at the center of a diplomatic storm with Argentina about who owns the archipelago the two nations went to war over in 1982.

Shock wins for Santorum bring in campaign dollars

Rick Santorum, the social conservative who roared back to snatch three states from the supposed front-runner, Mitt Romney, in the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday night, said his campaign had raised a quarter of a million dollars online within a few hours…

SENEGAL: Thousands rally in Dakar for new anti-Wade protests

Thousands of opposition supporters marched in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Tuesday to protest against President Abdoulaye Wade’s controversial plans to seek a third term in a February 26 presidential election.

Anger in Cairo and beyond

CNN’s Ben Wedeman reports from Cairo on the continuing clashes happening across Egypt following the soccer riots.

Vatican Prosecutor Denounces ‘Deadly Culture of Silence’

A top Vatican official is blasting bishops for what he calls their “deadly culture of silence” in dealing with the church’s child sex abuse scandal. It is a scandal that has shaken the faith of Catholics around the world.  And on…

Hungary’s PM Condemns International Critics Amid Economic Uncertainty

A defiant Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is defending his financially troubled nation’s new constitution and related laws, saying those criticizing it are motivated by greed and want to keep Hungary indebted. Orban’s comments come as he faces…

Serbia: 5 Guards Jailed Over Failed Prison Break

Serbia: 5 guards suspected of helping attempted prison break by dangerous inmates

"Political And Economic Stability In Russia Will Attract Foreign Investment" Claims Institute

ROME, February 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Konstantin Zavinovsky of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences, has said that relative economic growth in Russia in recent years …

China reducing European exposure

Chinese banks and companies in the northern port city of Tianjin have cut their exposure to Europe as the euro zone debt crisis festers, the official Financial News reported today.

Germany: 2 men arrested for spying on Syrian opposition

The two suspects are accused of conducting systematic surveillance of members of the Syrian opposition living in Germany over several years. read more

10 years in Afghanistan, ‘progress’ depends on where you’re standing

Even after a decade, Canadians are still divided about our role in the war

India Ink: U.P. Elections, Window on India's Politics

Caste, religion, corruption and economic inequality all issues in Uttar Pradesh elections.

Research and Markets: Analyzing the US Renewable Energy Market: a comprehensive databook

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Analyzing the US Renewable Energy Market” subscription to…

Transporting diesel on the road? | Articles @ Redbright

The ADR regulations state the up to 1000 litres of diesel oil can be transported on the highway but: The vessel must be a UN approved Intermediate Bulk Container, also know as an IBC. You must also carry a 2kg

India: Was Jesus a Communist?

Communist politicians spanked by Catholics for claiming Christ as world’s first revolutionary. Jason Overdorf Was Jesus a communist? In a special India spin on What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD), the Communist Party…

Tuesday newspaper round-up: Greece, Gas, Glenstrata

Shoppers reverted to a bunker mentality over the new year, according to gloomy sales figures that quash any hope of consumers pulling the economy clear of a double-dip recession. Till receipts in January …

Egypt telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris eyes new horizons

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian telecoms magnate Naguib Sawiris wants to get back on the acquisition trail, eyeing businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa after selling a chunk of assets to Russia’s Vimpelcom. Sawiris said he plans to divest non-core operations left out of the sale to Vimpelcom last…

Slovenia Central Bank May Take Over Managing Biggest Lender, Finance Says

Slovenia’s central bank is considering taking over the management of Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d. to stabilize the country’s biggest bank, Finance newspaper reported without saying where it got the information.

Russia Says NATO Missile-Defense Talks At ‘Dead End’

Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s lead negotiator with NATO on the planned Western European missile-defense system, said the discussions have reached “a dead end.”

Putin: Russia Must ‘Renew Democracy’ But Cautiously

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is seeking a historic third term as president, has acknowledged that Russians want more say in government and the need to renew the country’s political system. In an article published Monday in the Kommersant …

Russians Ignore Arctic Cold and Keep Protest Flame Burning

It appears Kremlin strategists had hoped Russia’s mid-winter holiday would break the momentum of the country’s political protest movement. But the coldest temperatures of the season did not deter thousands of protesters…

US plans to keep special forces in Afghanistan past 2014

Senior US officials have revealed a plan to shift military responsibility to Special Operations forces in Afghanistan once NATO’s mission has come to an end in the country in late 2014, according to the New York Times

Chief army defector promises fight to free Syria

The commander of rebel Syrian soldiers said Sunday there is no choice but to use military force to drive President Bashar Assad’s regime from power as fears mounted that government troops will escalate their deadly crackdown on dissent after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution aimed at …

Turkey 'a useful model for new Arab regimes'

For many in the Arab world, Turkey embodies something of an elusive ideal: an Islamist-based democracy with a strong economy.

India Court Ruling to Trigger Telecom Industry Shakeout

Vodafone , for one, is wasting little time in capitalizing on a blockbuster Indian court verdict that’s likely to shake up the world’s second-largest mobile phone market.

India court ruling to trigger telecoms shakeout

VODAFONE, for one, is wasting little time in capitalising on a blockbuster Indian court verdict that’s likely to shake up the world’s second-largest mobile phone market. Within hours of a Thursday ruling by India’s highest court that all licences awarded in…

Premier Wen says China needs to help Europe – report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that China needs to help Europe stabilise its markets due to strategic considerations in its relations with the region, the official China Securities Journal reported on Monday. China also needs …

Turkey, an imperfect example for the region

For adversaries in a long-distance spat, they made an odd couple. Turkey’s leader, a brash visionary who propelled his country to regional prominence, tangled with an American author who dwells on the existential in his work.

Navy 'sends submarine to Falklands'

The Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the Falkland Islands amid heightened tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands, it has been reported.

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